Reading Lists for (some) Fall 2017 MA Courses

Below are some of the books/materials which professors have settled on for their fall 2017 MA courses. I will update this as frequently as possible, as I hear from the respective profs. You can always see the official book orders which professors have entered by going to the Mercy College online bookstore. At the store you would click to shop for books; then from the pull down menus select Fall Sem 2017, then ENGL, then whatever is the course number. Just to be clear, you do not have to purchase your books through our online bookstore and typically you can find any of your required readings for cheaper through Alibris.

ENGL 500, Theory & Practice of Literary Criticism (Dr. Reissig-Vasile)

  • Bressler, Charles. Literary Criticism: An Introduction to Theory and Practice (5th Edition). Pearson, 2011. ISBN 10: 020521214X

Also, students in 500 will read and discuss some of the following texts, for which links will be provided during the semester in the class (so you don’t need to go buy the texts listed below, and you won’t necessarily end up reading all of these–students will choose to focus on some of these in a process the professor will describe at the start of the semester):

Classical Theory and Criticism: Plato, Republic (books II, III, VII, or X); Aristotle, Poetics; Plotinus, Enneads (the Fifth Ennead, Eighth Tractate)

Medieval Theory and Criticism: Dante Alighieri, Letter to Can Grande della Scala

Renaissance Theory and Criticism: Sir Philip Sidney, An Apology for Poetry

Enlightenment Theory and Criticism: John Dryden, An Essay of Dramatic Poesy; Joseph Addison, Spectator essays; Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism

Romantic Theory and Criticism: William Wordsworth, preface to Lyrical Ballads

Victorian Theory and Criticism: Matthew Arnold, The Function of Criticism at the Present Time; Henry James, The Art of Fiction

Russian Formalism and New Criticism: Cleanth Brooks, The Formalist Critics and Well-Wrought Urn

Reader-Oriented Criticism: Louise Rosenblatt, Writing and Reading: The Transactional Theory

Modernity/Postmodernism, Structuralism/Poststructuralism/Deconstruction: Jonathan Cullen, What is Literature and Does it Matter?; Roland Barthes, Rhetoric of the Image and The Death of the Author; Jacques Derrida, Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences

Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism: Julia Kristeva, Revolution in Poetic Language

Feminist Literary Criticism: Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, The Madwoman in the Attic; Toril Moi, Feminist, Female, Feminine

Marxist Literary Criticism: Terry Eagleton, Marxism and Literary Criticism

Cultural Poetics or New Historicism: Stephen Greenblatt, The Power of Form in the English Renaissance

Postcolonial Literary Criticism: Charles Larson, Heroic Ethnocentrism; Homi Bhabha, The Location of Culture

African-American Literary Criticism: Henry Louis Gates, Writing Race

 ENGL 508, History of Drama (Dr. Fritz)

  • Jacobus, Lee A., ed. The Bedford Introduction to Drama. (7th edition). NY: Bedford, 2012. ISBN: 9781457606328

ENGL 526, Modernism (Dr. Sax)

  • Descartes, René. Discourse on Method and the Meditations. Trans. Sutcliffe, F. E. New York: Penguin, 1968. 0140442065
  • Eliot, T. S. The Waste Land, Prufrock and Other Poems. Mineola, NY: Dover, 1998. ISBN: 0486400611.
  • Richard Humphreys, ed. Futurist Manifestos. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2001. ISBN: 9780878466276.
  • Joyce, James. Dubliners. New York: Bantam, 1990. ISBN: 1553213806.
  • Latour, Bruno. We Have Never Been Modern. Trans. Porter, Catherine. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1993. ISBN: 0674948394.
  • Lyotard, Jean-Francois. The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, trans. Brian Massumi. Minneapolis: U. of Minnesota Press, 1984. ISBN: 0-8166-1173-4.
  • In addition to the readings, Students should watch at least segments four through six of the series “This is Modern Art” by Matthew Collins, which is available free on Youtube at:

ENGL 544 Frontiers of American Lit. – Cyberpunk/Tech-Noir (Dr. Loots)

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Broadway Books, 2012. ISBN-13: 9780307887443
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers. Vintage, 2014. ISBN-13: 9780345807298
  • Neuromancer, by William Gibson. Ace Science Fiction, 2000. ISBN-13: 9780441007462.
  • Trouble and Her Friends by Melissa Scott. Orb, 2011. ISBN-13: 9780765328489 (possibly out of print but still widely available used through online places like Alibris)
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Del Rey, 2000. ISBN-13: 9780553380958
  • Additional short stories, essays, and media will be linked or provided during the semester as PDFs. Some units will focus on visual media that could include movies or shows which students will be responsible for securing and watching (whether from a Netflix or Amazon video subscription, or by getting copies of the media from local libraries, etc.).

Recommended further reading for those interested in pursuing the course topic beyond the virtual walls of the classroom (again, not required for the semester):

  • Akira (Vol. I), by Katsuhiro Otomo. Kodansha Comics, 2009. ISBN-13: 9781935429005
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, by Philip K. Dick. Del Rey, 1996. ISBN: 0345404475.
  • Ghost in the Shell (Vol. I),  by Shiro Masamune. Kodansha Comics, 2009.
  • Synners, by Pat Cadigan. SF Masterworks Series, Gollancz, 2012.

Readings for the other classes will be listed once the professors finalize their lists.